Thomson Reuters Foundation

Inform - Connect - Empower

Iraq - Newspaper editor gunned down while driving in Baghdad

Reporters Without Borders - Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:35 GMT
Author: Reporters Without Borders
Tweet Recommend Google + LinkedIn Email Print
Leave us a comment

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Read in Arabic (باÙ&${esc.hash}132;عربÙ&${esc.hash}138;Ø©) Reporters Without Borders condemns the murder of Iraqi journalist Samir Sheikh Ali, the editor of a website called Al-Jamahir Al-Baghdadiya (The Baghdad Masses), who wasshot three times in the chest while driving his car in the central Baghdad district of Sheikh Omar on 17 November. According to the information obtained by the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO), a Reporters Without Borders partner organization, Ali's death was directly linked to his journalistic activities. "Our thoughts go out to Ali's family and colleagues," Reporters Without Borders said. "We urge the Iraqi authorities to conduct an independent investigation into all the circumstances surrounding this murder and to bring both the perpetrators and instigators to justice." The media freedom organization added: "The authorities have a duty to protect journalists and to combat the impunity enjoyed by those who try to silence the media." JFO reported that Ali was shot three times in the chest while driving his car in the central Baghdad district of Sheikh Omar on 17 November. Aged 61, married and the father of three children, Ali had worked for many news media before becoming the editor of The Baghdad Masses three years ago. He was also a human rights activist and staunch defender of fundamental freedoms including freedom of information.

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. For more information see our Acceptable Use Policy.

comments powered by Disqus
Most Popular

Latest slideshow

See allSee all
Featured jobs